- Associated Press - Friday, February 28, 2014

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) - Andrew Nicholas scored 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting to lead Monmouth (NJ) past Niagara 75-50 on Friday night.

Monmouth (11-19, 5-14 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) used a 21-8 spurt early in the game to open a 25-13 lead midway through the first half. The Hawks later went on a 10-2 run, pushing their lead to 15 with 6:25 left before intermission.

Monmouth led 41-25 at halftime and scored 13 of the first 15 points in the second half to make it 54-27 with 15 minutes to go and led by as many as 32.

Deon Jones added 16 points for the Hawks, who made 26 of 51 field goals and 6 of 10 from 3-point range.

Antoine Mason led Niagara (6-24, 3-16) with 15 points.

The Purple Eagles shot 31 percent from the field and made just 1 of 13 3-pointers. They committed 24 turnovers.

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